2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!
Mississippi River Challenge for
- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-
A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!
day started out just great yesterday thanks to a phone call from
Stan. Made me want to quit work and join the road crew. Sounds like
spirits are great for everyone. Ya'll are my inspiration these days.
We have a good group of New Orleanians who are faithfully watching
your journey and admire your stamina and courage. Go Team Hope!
I sent the first of 5 billboard size tarps to a high school for
the kids to paint. Expect some really nice signs out there once
you hit Baton Rouge along the river. I also met 2 more Rett families
over the phone yesterday. Really nice people who will be happy to
join the fun once you come this way.
and Clark , keep up the great work!
just called. They are below Hannibal - "below lock & dam 24" I think
If L&D 22 is
all the farther they are, considering they were at Quincy last
I talked to
Dad (Bob) this morning. He says the wind was gusting pretty hard
last night. Clark was trying to get a few winks in but had to get
back up and paddle. The bow rudder cable wasn't in commission so
they had to paddle extra hard to get out of middle river. They switched
th rudder to the stern cable and then continued to their meeting
point on land. They decided it would be wise to rest on shore untiol
the gale winds died down. They were getting ready to re-launch their
boat at seven-ish this morning. I don't know how, but he makes it
sound like they are having fun. It seems that they are even crazier
than I first thought.
Posted for Dana Hanson:
"completed" his phone call. As Angie mentioned below, they stopped
at 1am last night because of high winds. Although the winds were
at their backs, it was extremely cold. They'd had enough and
wanted in the trailer for a short while. In addition, a cable
on the canoe had snapped. It was expertly fixed by Bill Pullen
and Bob. Got a good 4 hours sleep before they hit the water at
is now passing thru Louisiana (Missouri, that is), and on their
way to Clarksville (where the last train was going to). [I know,
I know ... humor was never my forte.] Their next meeting stop
will be Lock & Dam 24, which is 27 river miles away. Once they
get to L&D 24, St. Louis will be only 93 river miles downstream.
WATCHERS -- this means that the current best-guess as to when
they will arrive at the Arch is somewhere between 10am and 2pm
on Wednesday. By the end of today, we hopefully can narrow down
that window a bit. I hope we have a good turnout to greet them!
to the race log by Mary Potter, from Lock and Dam Master 24:
luck in the remaining journey, with clear sky yet brisk winds
they (Bob and Clark) safely went through Lock 24 today at
11:05. They said they are still ahead of time. The river
is up and the current is on the move yet luckily we do not
have much floating drift in our area. Tow traffic was light
this morning as they were able to paddle right in and with
only a 6 inch drop in the chamber, it was only minutes when
they departed the lower end. The land crew called by radio
that they were waiting below the Lock to meet them.
the rest of your trip goes as well. I sent these pictures
to the remaining Lock's below me to give the Lockmaster's
a heads up so they will be looking for them.
Clark on the recorder when I came home today - he called sometime
around 11:30 AM CST, said they were through Lock and Dam 24
and that went well. He said last night they were kicked by a
storm and the cable broke. He said he slept 5 hours while it
was being fixed. He said they have very strong winds today,
and are lucky the winds are from the back, but it is making
for rough paddling.
I checked the Where Are They Now? page is see that Bob and Clark
were 190 miles ahead of the 1984 record, even with their 5 hour
stop last night! I suspect they will make very good time with the
strong wind today.... Hope everyone sees them in St. Louis but sounds
like that may be some time during the night hours.... we shall see.....
I decided on my lunch hour today that I would walk information about the race to a couple of news stations here in downtown St. Louis and put information physically into a person's hand. So I printed material from the Website, highlighted the Website name, and walked the material to NBC (KSDK Channel 5) and CBS (KMOV Channel 4).
I took the
material into Channel 5, explained everything to the Security Guard,
and he said he would walk the information up to the newsroom for
me. He put a yellow sticky on it explaining that this event would
be taking place tomorrow morning. He seemed very nice and accommodating,
and I believe that he will take the info up to the newsroom. Where
it goes from there - we'll see.
On an even
MORE exciting trip to Channel 4......I was explaining everything
to the Security Guard at Channel 4, and when I finished with my
explanations of the race, I asked him if there was someone I could
give these documents to (hoping - but knowing full well - I'd never
get past the guard). All of a sudden, a man walked up to me and
said "I'll take that." He ended up being the News Producer for Channel
4! So I tried to quickly explain everything to him. He told me that
he would put the information I gave him into tomorrow's file! He
asked if I had a cell phone # they could call - he explained that
they get so many requests like this and then people don't show up
when they say they will. I told him I would get the cell phone number
for him and call him back (the phone numbers were back at my desk).
He gave me his card and number to call to leave info on the cell
phone #. So you guys may get a phone call tomorrow morning from
Channel 4! Better yet, here's his name if you want to call him too
in case you're ahead of schedule: Steve Perron, News Producer (314)
444-6372 (6333). I found this very exciting and encouraging!! GO
these guys just amaze me every day. Even with a 5 hour stop they
are still hours ahead of the record........way to go Team Hope!
about a week before the race started I sent out close to 50 letters
to our family and friends asking for a donation to RSRF (Rett Syndrome
Research Foundation) in honor of Rachel for the Mississippi Challenge,
well today I received an email and so far we have raised $1655.00
from those donations. There are more coming in and I am still selling
from Clark about 5 PM CST. They just finished coming through Lock
and Dam 25. They went right over the spillway, with permission
of course. He said they did this "last time" he went down the
Mississippi River too..... He said today the wind was freaky -
when they paddled in a certain direction, the wind stayed at their
back, and when they had to turn (as the river turns quickly at
times) the wind would die down. He said they made great progress
today. When I check our Where Are They Now page it seems they
are 220 miles ahead of the 1984 record. He is expecting to be
in St. Louis between 10 AM and 2 PM tomorrow. I wonder if Dana
and Jean will be meeting the guys and gals for lunch? Clark sounded
great, no injuries, no problems reported at this time. Team is
holding together well.... Good luck everyone!
Clark about 5 PM CST. They just finished coming through Lock and
Dam 25. They went right over the spillway, with permission of course.
He said they did this "last time" he went down the Mississippi River
too..... He said today the wind was freaky - when they paddled in
a certain direction, the wind stayed at their back, and when they
had to turn (as the river turns quickly at times) the wind would
die down. He said they made great progress today. When I check our
Where Are They Now page it seems they are 220 miles ahead of the
1984 record. He is expecting to be in St. Louis between 10 AM and
2 PM tomorrow. I wonder if Dana and Jean will be meeting the guys
and gals for lunch? Clark sounded great, no injuries, no problems
reported at this time. Team is holding together well.... Good luck
I just got done emailing Dana Hanson (road crew captain Stan Hanson's
wife) that Clark said they'd be at the St. Louis arch tomorrow
between 10 AM and 2 PM she wrote me this note basically saying
Clark thinks! Was talking with Stan when your email came in.
thru L&D 24 about 4pm. But instead of
scheduled meet-and-feed spot is at
Bob and Clark! You guys are doing great, you're flying!
How's the road
crew doing without the help of Angie, David, Jessie and Jacob? I
know how much help they were for the first week and I'm sure they
are all missed greatly.
To the current
road crew - Keep up the great work! Without your help and support
of Bob and Clark they would not be able to be pushing themselves
to the finish line!
wish I could be with you all!
I just read
that Jon is in St.Louis. He was on team Krugers pit crew in 2001
and it will be great to have him with us again. Last time we both
had to be home before the finish so it will be awesome to be there
this time. I have called Mom about five times today. I hope she
has many minutes with her cell phone plan. She laughs at me everytime
she answers the phone. I think they are making bets on when I will
call next. She patiently listens to a few questions and then says:
" Here, I'll let you talk to Andrew." Mom handles the food and drinks
for the guys. She helps Cap'n Stan cook and clean and makes sure
that all of the drink bottles, boost, and protien bars are in the
boat. When I ask questions, they are about river miles and distances
to the next stop. Andrew is great, he answers all of my questions
very patiently. He'll probably beat me with a stick when I get back
there but for now, at least I know what I want to know.